Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt attended the WSJ. Magazine 2015 Innovator Awards last night in New York City. They matched in basic black for the awards show. The ‘By The Sea’ stars also had a sit-down for the WSJ. Magazine’s Innovator Issue and talked about a wide range of topics.
Angelina covers the issue, which the WSJ. Magazine posted on Instagram:
She said they had to work on staying in character as an unhappy husband and wife while shooting ‘By The Sea.’
[W]e had to stay in our corners, like boxers, and not be husband and wife. It was very hard to do those scenes without Brad and I taking care of each other. Normally in between takes, you’d make sure that the other’s OK, but we had to be able to really get ugly.”
It turned out it was their six kids who kept things from getting out of control between Angelina and Brad because they couldn’t stay in character off-set.
That might have been an absolute disaster. But as soon as we got home, it was bedtime stories, children’s needs and problems, the fights they’d had during the day. We had to immediately snap back to something that was uniting and positive and loving.”
Angelina said it was her experience in Cambodia, shooting ‘Lara Croft: Tomb Raider,’ that changed her life in multiple ways: it was when she got the idea that she could be a mother and became interested in the war after seeing how resilient the people of Cambodia were. She ended up adopting her first child, Maddox, from there.
I called my mom from the airport and said, ‘I am never going to take my life for granted, I’m never going to complain. I want to be a part of this world.’ And not out of pity—I found the people so extraordinary, and I wanted to be around them and learn from their resilience.”
That was the beginning of her humanitarian work, which she still does with the United Nations.
A source spoke about why Angelina chose to go public with her health decisions, such as getting a preventative mastectomy and having her ovaries removed.
She wants her life to be meaningful and goes open-eyed into it. She’s someone who thinks very deeply about everything she does.
She did not have to [go public about her surgeries] but that is who she is. She was willing to come forward and be raw and honest and intimate—and to become a mortal in people’s eyes. This is a public figure who has been measured by her physical self, by her sex appeal. Yet she took a very frightening thing and turned it into something that could save the lives of people who otherwise might have died. That she was willing to expose such a private and personal thing, I thought that was so brave.”
[S]he’s never been a person who hides. She’s utterly forthcoming and sincere about who she is.
“You have to understand that this is a woman who never knew she’d make it to 40. This is a woman who had watched her mother, aunt and grandmother become sick and eventually succumb, all at an early age. Her drive, her absolute value in herself, is defined by the impact she can have during her time here—for her kids and for the underprivileged and those suffering injustices.”
Angelina herself talked about how she deals with the media circus that comes with fame.
I don’t mind. I mean, I think you just have to look at whether or not you can still be effective with what you want to do. And if anything gets in the way of that, then you have a problem. But I don’t.”
She said that she’s looking to do more directing than acting these days. Brad said:
I’m not sure she ever really enjoyed acting, but was doing it more for her respect for artists and her mother, who loved the art. With writing and directing she has discovered her own joy within it.”
Brad and Angelina homeschool their kids, so during the day there are three school teachers on duty, but it’s just them in the evenings.
We wake up, we make breakfast. In our domestic life, we’re Mom and Dad. And often we’re dorky Mom and Dad, which the kids find ridiculous.”
Brad said that when Angelina isn’t working, she is very hands-on.
When Angie has a day off, the first thing she does is get up and take the kids out. This is the most important ‘to do’ of the day. No matter how tired she might be, she plans outings for each and all. She has an incredible knack for inventing crazy experiences for them, something new, something fresh. I may be the bigger goof of the pair, but she invents the stage.”
Angelina said her biggest concern was not having her kids worry about her.
I want to make sure my kids are never worried about me. Even if I’m going through something, I make sure they are very aware that I’m totally fine. I’ll stop and make a joke, I talk to them. I never, ever want them to have that secret worry and feel that they have to take care of me.”
She mentioned that she worried about her own mother a lot when she was a teenager, so that seems to be a very meaningful statement. You can read her entire interview at WSJ. Magazine.
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